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Wiggins On Track For Olympics After Tour Win
Hours after winning the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins has returned to Britain to start preparing for the Olympics.
Wiggins made history on Sunday when he became the first British man to win the gruelling race.
But it is a case of no rest for the winner - in five days' time he will be back on the bike for the Olympic road race. And in nine days, he will be favoured to win the time trial event he excels in.
He is already the bearer of six Olympic medals, three of them gold. But for Wiggins, the Olympics is a step down from the Tour.
He said: "The Tour is the ultimate - more so than the Olympics. To be the winner of the Tour de France is the ultimate accolade in cycling."
But still, Wiggins says Britain is in with a "fantastic chance" for the Olympics.
"We have Olympics to think about? on to the next thing now," he said. "We always knew it, we planned for it. A lot of us are flying out [Sunday] evening."
After crossing the finish line on Paris' Champs-Elysees, the 32-year-old said: "Job done."
Prime Minister David Cameron led the congratulations, describing Wiggins' victory as an "immense feat of physical and mental ability".
Wiggins' victory propels him into the league of one of Britain's greatest sportsmen with calls for him to be knighted.
Supporters at Herne Hill Velodrome, in south east London, where he began racing as a boy, celebrated his result, with one describing how she remembered the young Wiggins telling her he would one day win the Tour de France.
"When he was about 12 he would say to everyone that he was going to win the Tour de France and here we go, he was right," said Jan Slater, 74, from Forest Hill, south east London.
The final stage was the 13th consecutive day that he had worn the race leader's yellow jersey in the 99th edition of the gruelling 20 stage, 3,497 kilometre race.
He completed the day three minutes and 21 seconds ahead of Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, who became only the second Briton to take the podium in the history of the event.
Their team-mate and fellow Brit Mark Cavendish won the final stage of the race into Paris after powering to the front in his rainbow jersey 400 metres from the line.